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High bacteria levels at Hernando's Pine Island beach prompt swimming advisory

PINE ISLAND

Pine Island beach Bacteria levels prompt advisory

High levels of bacteria have caused the Hernando County Health Department to issue a swimming advisory for the beach at Pine Island. The beach, at Alfred A. McKethan Park, will not be closed. But test results received March 11 indicate that the water quality is in the "poor" range and may pose an increased risk of disease exposure, especially to very young children, older adults and those who have weakened immune systems. Pine Island is the only public beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Hernando County. Other public swimming areas near the coast are at Rogers Park, on the Weeki Wachee River west of Weeki Wachee, and at Linda Pedersen Park, along Jenkins Creek north of Hernando Beach.

BROOKSVILLE

Jailed man's fat rolls hid pills, deputies say

A Hernando County man has been accused of sneaking drugs into the county jail by hiding the pills in the fat rolls of his stomach. Thomas Althoff, 33, was taken to the Hernando County Jail on Saturday on a charge of driving with a suspended license. A few hours later, according to a report, a deputy noticed Althoff bent over near a bench "attempting to snort a crush(ed) yellow substance that was on a piece of cardboard." Althoff told authorities that he had found the Xanax pills in his jail cell but later admitted to concealing the pills "underneath the skin flaps of the bottom section of his stomach," according to the incident report. He also said he had crushed the pills in his holding cell in order to snort the drugs. Althoff was charged with possessing contraband in jail in addition to the charge of driving with a suspended license.

Today's picks

"The How, When and Why We Prune Our Landscape Plants" horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 754-4433.

St. Paul the Apostle Church hosts St. Patrick's Day Dinner: 4-5:30 p.m., United Church of Christ fellowship hall, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Corned beef and cabbage dinner, dessert and drink; $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children, or $16 for two adults, two children and $3 for additional children. (352) 584-3988.

Hernando deaths

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High bacteria levels at Hernando's Pine Island beach prompt swimming advisory 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:40pm]
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